Petzl has long been a leading headtorch brand and in the 1970s the Petzl Zoom was the benchmark by which other headtorches were judged. Today headtorch technology has evolved, and so has Petzl. The Myo XP is a modern classic that looks to be setting the standards as effectively as its predecessors did over 30 years ago.
The Petzl Myo XP has a number of unusual design features that lift it above the competition. Firstly the battery housing is extremely easy to open thanks to a rubber housing that effortlessly lifts away while remaining hinged to the battery housing so it does not get lost. The headtorch end of the product has a ratchet tilt mechanism that is very precise to set. A neat feature is that when the head is tilted up to its maximum the buttons cannot be operated, which prevents accidental turning on of the light when it is stashed in a rucksack pocket. There are two buttons: one provides a clean, crisp selection of four settings while the other boost button provides 50 per cent extra power when it is pressed. The flip-up lens creates a wide beam to the light output. There is a battery life indicator too, glowing orange when batteries are 70 per cent used and red when 90 per cent discharged. For even more control over output there’s the £80 Petzl Myo RXP, which can be programmed to different output levels.
On the hill
The Petzl Myo XP is a very neat, compact torch that weighs only 164g, making it the lightest here. Fitting batteries is easy and the unit is comfy to wear. It can be fitted with a top strap too. The buttons are a bit small, but as they are raised they are easier to use than some large, less pronounced designs. Flipping the lens up and down is a doddle too. The light beam is wider than some others even without the lens, and with the lens flipped up you get a very handy general light for map reading and use in a tent. The long beam is ideal for walking, and the boost is useful for picking out detail ahead. Not a lot wrong and all that performance for the price makes the Myo XP superb value.
Bulbs 1 x high output white LED
Brightness 85 lumens
Maximum beam 72 metres
Max burn time 180 hours
Batteries 3xAA (included)
Battery charge indicator yes
Weight with batteries 164g
Made in France
Stores in the UK 150
Stockist details tel. (015396) 25493; www.petzl.com
The Petzl Myo XP is reasonably lightweight; very long burn time; high level of output plus boost option; battery charge indicator; novel wide to long beam lens works well; great price for the performance. But operation could be better if the buttons were bigger; there are lighter Petzl headtorches. It’s a great all-round outdoor headtorch that sets the standards by which others need to be compared. Ideal for the hill-walker, it won both the ‘Best Value’ and ‘Best in Test’ accolades.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2011